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British Study Confirms That Most Motorists Are Indeed Riding Dirty

Posted in Bizarre, Cars, Newsworthy, Travel by Suzanne Denbow | September 16th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

A study performed by Aston University in Birmingham has concluded that the average automobile contains approximately 283 different types of bacteria per square centimeter, or roughly the equivalent number of pathogenic microorganisms residing in any one roach that has been shared by any one gangster rap posse. Surprisingly, edging out obvious candidates like gas/brake pedals and backseats in general, the largest breeding grounds for the microscopic monsters have proven to be the gear shift and the trunk, playing host to an average 356 and 850 distinct specimens, respectively.

Their pale hands beginning to tremor violently in stark terror, researchers went on to reveal that vehicles which frequently transport children and pets pose the biggest potential health threats to drivers. From beneath 30 inches of protective rubber coating, Aston University director of Biology and Biomedical Science Anthony Hilton explained, “Whilst most of the bacteria we’ve found are unlikely to cause serious health problems, some cars, particularly those which regularly carry children and animals, play host to potentially harmful germs.” More potentially hazardous still are older cars, especially those with neglected air filters which can become a fertile breeding ground for airborne bacteria and fungi.

So, to summarize: you should fear everything including your own flatulence, and your car should be abandoned in a sparsely populated area and detonated by a long range rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Questions?

[News Source: City News, Toronto/Photo Source: Auto Blog]

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